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Iran’s new envoy to UK says economic ties will be high on his agenda

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Iran’s new ambassador to the United Kingdom Mohsen Baharvand

Iran’s new ambassador to the United Kingdom says his top priority will be to work to improve economic relations between Tehran and London.

Mohsen Baharvand said on Tuesday that he will pursue the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran in various fields with a focus on economic ties during his time as ambassador in the UK.

Baharvand made the remarks in an interview with the official IRNA and IRIB News agencies in London as he prepared to submit his credentials to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

“We have multi-dimensional ties with the UK of which we will try to manage the bilateral aspect in a logical manner and in a realistic situation,” he was quoted as saying in a report by IRNA.

The remarks come more than a month after Iranian and UK officials and businesses met in embassies in Tehran and London to discuss prospects for increased trade ties amid ongoing talks between Iran and world powers to revive a nuclear deal abandoned by the United States in 2018.


The UK is a signatory to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and representatives from the country have been engaged in talks in the Austrian capital Vienna since April in an attempt to revive the agreement.

Baharvand said that he will seek to engage in dialogue with UK authorities to resolve international issues over which the two countries have disagreements.

He also said that the Iranian embassy in London will devote more time and energy to address issues related to Iranians living in the UK.

Baharvand served as deputy for legal affairs in the Iranian foreign ministry before his appointment to the UK mission. He replaces Hamid Baeidinejad who served in the post for the past five years.

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